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Future of Auckland unveiled: Unitary Plan to go up and out

NZ Herald, 27 July 2016
More urban sprawl and greater intensification have been recommended in a new rulebook for Auckland released today. The city’s urban boundary will be expanded to free up 30 per cent more land for housing and many homeowners, particularly in the central isthmus, will find their homes rezoned for intensification.

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Are buses “visible” enough?

The Urbanist, 25 July 2016
There’s a dense system of useful bus routes in most cities that’s often invisible to prospective users. Bus routes needs to be improved but also made more legible.
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Should commuters pay to park at the station?

The Urbanist, 20 July 2016
Commuter parking at outer suburban railway stations is usually free, leading to peak period shortages. The first step should be to charge for it.
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‘Get yourself a bike, perico!’: how cycling is challenging Santiago’s social barriers

The Guardian, 21 July 2016
ack in 1980, a Chilean bank ran a TV advert in which a man cycles across Santiago to meet his sweetheart. As he wobbles through the traffic, a bouquet of flowers in his hand, motorists, builders and school kids ridicule him. “Cómprate un auto, perico!” they shout – “Get yourself a car, mate!” The hapless cyclist reaches his lover’s house and hands her the bouquet. She gazes adoringly into his eyes. But then she sees his bike. “Get yourself a car, mate!” she scolds him. As the ad ends, she hauls him off to the bank to take out a loan. The advert was a big hit in Chile and its message was clear: bikes are for losers. If you wanna get a girl, get a car.

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Will hybrid technology revolutionise the trucking industry?

TandL News, 20 July 2016
Hybrid truck technology from the French transport technology company Adgero could help Australian road transport operators cut fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent and radically reduce the trucking industry’s carbon footprint, the company has claimed. Adgero has developed what it calls the world’s first operational Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for road transport to boost efficiency through fuel savings, extra power and reduced emissions for truck fleets.

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Australia wind energy industry turns a corner – thanks to states

Renew Economy, 7 July 2016
The large scale renewable energy market in Australia appears to have taken off again, finally bringing to an end the three year investment drought that was the main legacy to the industry of the Abbott government. But the industry has state governments to thank, not the feds.
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City calls on jury of its citizens to deliberate on Melbourne’s future

The Conversation, 19 July 2016
In a political landscape where trust has been eroded and the public are for the most part disengaged and disillusioned, it is refreshing to see state and local governments leading in some areas of policy innovation. A prime example of this is the use of deliberative democracy approaches to support the development of policies and plans.
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NSW Parliament Inquiry- Driverless Vehicles and Road Safety

The Staysafe Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into driverless vehicles and road safety in NSW. https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/committees/inquiries/Pages/inquiry-details.aspx?pk=1972

Should Tesla’s autopilot cars be allowed on public roads following accidents?

The Conversation, 15 July 2016
Humans are terrible at driving. The US Department of Transport estimates that 94% of crashes are due to the driver. We drive too fast. We get distracted. We make poor decisions. If history is anything to go by, more than 1,000 people are likely to die on Australian roads in the next year. Each death is a tragedy for the families and friends of those killed.

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Should cycling get a huge increase in funding?

Crikey- The Urbanist, June 2016
It’s an ultra low-cost option with real potential to provide mobility in increasingly congested inner areas. Cycling warrants a massive increase in funding for infrastructure.
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